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A slew of special awards were awarded at the close of IDA World Congress 2017

IDA World Congress 2017 award winners in full

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has recognised the best technical papers and other contributions at IDA World Congress 2017 with a roster of special awards.

BHP is implementing a $2.5 billion expansion of Spence copper mine in Chile’s Atacama desert

Mitsui & ACS source finance for Spence copper mine project

Mitsui & Co and ACS Group have secured $560 million in financing for the Spence copper mine desalination plant project in northern Chile, reports Latin Finance.

The Victorian Desalination Plant is located at the southerly most tip of Australia on the Bass Coast

Suez and Thiess sue Siemens over VDP switchgear

Suez and Thiess have filed a writ against Siemens in the Victorian Supreme Court, Australia, over the failure of a gas-insulated switchgear at the Victorian Desalination Plant (VDP), reports Victorian news outlet Herald Sun.

Perth desalination plant is located near Kwinana Beach, and draws water from an inlet of the Indian Ocean

Water Corporation prepares to expand Perth desalination plant

Water Corporation of Western Australia has acquired 15.2 hectares of land adjacent to Perth desalination plant for a possible expansion of capacity, reports The West Australian.

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can be used to capture salt and ions in seawater

MOF membranes will slash energy use, harvest lithium, say researchers

The authors of a new study on metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes have claimed that the material can desalinate water with far higher energy efficiency compared to traditional desalination membranes.

Osmoflo is producing drinking water for the population of Ebeye, Marshall Islands

Osmoflo cuts the ribbon on Ebeye, Marshall Islands desalination plant

Osmoflo's Ebeye, Marshall Islands desalination plant officially opened on 10 October 2017, following successful commissioning and performance testing.

Mangaluru is the main port city in Karnataka state, and is situated on the Arabian Sea

Karnataka state, India, approves port city desalination project

The technical and economic feasibility of a new desalination plant for Mangaluru city in Karnataka, southwest India, has been approved by state authorities, reports Bangalore Mirror.

Sydney Desalination Plant was designed and built in a joint venture by Veolia Water Technologies and John Holland, and is operated and maintained by Veolia

Sydney Desalination Plant an option in flood mitigation debate

Australia's opposition spokesman for water Chris Minns has floated a proposal to re-start Sydney Desalination Plant as an alternative to a contentious flood mitigation scheme, reports Blue Mountains Gazette.

The population of Sunshine Coast, Australia, is projected to rise as water supplies continue drying out

Sunshine Coast, Australia, to assess potential for a desalination plant

Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, is expected to need a new, bulk source of water by 2040 that could be supplied by desalination, reports Sunshine Coast Daily.

The IDA International Conference on Water Reuse and Recycling 2018 will feature two days of plenary, panel and technical sessions

IDA unveils lineup of speakers for water reuse conference

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has secured a stellar lineup of keynote speakers for its International Conference on Water Reuse and Recycling 2018, led by Spain's secretary of state for the environment, Maria Garcia Rodriguez.

The island of Gozo, part of Malta, currently relies on groundwater extraction for its water supply

Malta to redevelop defunct desalination facility on Gozo island

A defunct desalination facility on Malta's Gozo island is to be redeveloped and brought back into use.

FCC Aqualia works with more than 1,100 municipalities globally

IFM Investors snaps up 49 per cent of FCC Aqualia

Australian fund manager IFM Investors is to acquire 49 per cent of Spanish water company FCC Aqualia for €1,024 million ($1,258 million).

Kirkland Lake Gold will meet operating licence conditions with the new RO treatment for its produced water

Veolia Water Tech to deliver RO reuse plant for gold mine

Veolia Water Technologies has won a contract to design and supply a reverse osmosis (RO) plant enabling process water reuse at Fosterville Gold Mine in Victoria, Australia.

The Resource Watch platform from the World Resources Institute used global horizontal irradiance (GHI), a proxy for the strength and concentration of star energy hitting a PV panel, to create the ranking

Top 20 water-stressed countries with solar potential

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has named the world's top 20 most water-stressed countries which have the most solar energy potential.

The desalination facility will be located at Muscat, on the Arabian Sea shore

Eleven firms vie to qualify for Al Ghubrah III desal project, Oman

Eleven international developers have submitted statements of qualification for Al Ghubrah III desalination plant project, Oman.

Saudi Arabia's minister of environment, water and agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadlhi has welcomed investment to improve the country's desalination portfolio

Saudi's Al-Fadhli gets the go-ahead for nine new desalination plants

Saudi Arabia has an ambitious $530 million programme to build nine new desalination plants on the Red Sea coast within 18 months, the minister of environment, water and agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli has revealed.

The Torrevieja facility in Spain is Europe's largest desalination plant

Torrevieja desalination plant to double capacity

Spain's ministry of agriculture and environment is to double capacity at the Torrevieja desalination plant, reports local newspaper The Leader.

The new desal plant is to be co-located with power facilities on Jurong Island, to take advantage of energy synergies, and to utilise existing infall and outfall structures

Tuas Power beats Keppel and Sembcorp-Suez to Singapore desal contract

Singapore's PUB has named Tuas Power-Singapore Technologies Marine Consortium (TP-STM) as preferred bidder for its fifth desalination plant project.

AMTA's awards recognise individuals for a variety of contributions to the field of membrane technology

AMTA unveils annual gongs for membrane experts

The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) has conferred its annual roster of awards for membrane specialists, include its Lifetime Service Award, Hall of Fame Awards, and Operator of the Year Award.

Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast is the site for the two mega-size seawater reverse osmosis projects

Saudi Arabia's WEC seeks developers for two mega projects

Water and Electricity Company (WEC) of Saudi Arabia has requested expressions of interest on two new mega seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant projects.